US Navy’s move provocative, unprofessional: Iran Guards
Tehran, Iran - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the US Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move.
“At 4pm on Friday, the supercarrier USS Nimitz and its accompanying warship, while being monitored by the Guards’ frigates, flew a helicopter near the Resalat oil and gas platform and approached the force’s ships,” the Guards said.
“The Americans in a provocative and unprofessional move, sent a warning message to the frigates and fired flares.”
The Guards ‘ignored the unconventional move by the US ships and continued their mission, after which the supercarrier and its warship left the area,’ the statement added.
On Tuesday, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at a Guards boat in the Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel, US officials said.
The Guards denied approaching the US ship on that occasion and said it was the American vessel that had been at fault.
There have been a string of close encounters between US ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months.
In January, the USS Mahan destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached it at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz, which connects it to the Indian Ocean. The latest incident comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Iran.
A file photo of the USS John C Stennis, the USS Nimitz, and the USS Bonhomme Richard steaming through the Sea of Oman